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Daily Inspiration: Meet Bella Kelly

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bella Kelly.

Hi Bella, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Music has always been so much more than a passion. When I was younger, I felt alone because I had to get pulled out of school and moved to homeschooling from getting extremely bullied. I also moved around a lot so it was impossible to make friends. Music and my writing was a healthy way I coped with my depression and anxieties. It was in a way, the only thing that kept me from feeling so lonely. I put headphones on, turned up the music and escaped from what I was going through. Or I wrote poems and stories that I’d escape into. The pen and paper became my bestfriend. I’ve always wanted to make music to help people heal and escape from whatever they are going thru. I want to teach others that there are healthy ways to cope like to be creative instead of doing something that hurts themselves. I want the people who feel alone to know and feel they aren’t alone. I want my music to be for others, what music was for me.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My first music video ”Throat” was filmed during covid. It was a struggle to find locations and outfits plus social distancing while filming. The wings I had for my 2nd music video ”Heartbreak Motel” were custom made from Russia and they got lost in customs twice before we finally got them here in LA just in time for the filming date. I find building the social media is a challenge because I don’t like social media. I feel there are a lot of toxic, draining trends. One day something is in the next month or even day it’s out, especially for women. We are criticized for wearing too little makeup or too much. Showing not enough skin, you’re a prude but if you show too much, then you don’t respect yourself. You can’t win! That’s why you should just be yourself and ignore hateful people because a lot of people feel powerful putting others down behind a screen.

I notice so many girls/women have low self-esteem from social media but I think everyone has their own light and beauty, like a rose and a daisy are different but both beautiful. The sun with the blue sky and the moon with the starry sky are both so beautiful but completely different. I believe it’s important to admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own. I feel like almost everything you do will have its struggles. That’s why it’s important in this industry to have a team who helps you figure out together the best steps to take. And why it’s extra important to believe in yourself and have a motive to keep going.I always say life is a fairytale even on the rainiest days because no one and nothing should take the magic out of your life. If you have a dream especially a big one, it won’t always be easy to complete but it will be worth it. Never give up on yourself just because it gets hard or you have a bad day or two. There’s always a rainbow after every rainy day.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a singer/songwriter. I am known for my fairy-like voice and I guess for my half-shaved head 🙂 We released two singles so far but we have a full EP ready to be released in the next months. There will be at least 3 singles extracted from this EP accompanied by three new videos.

I am most proud of my work ethic and the fact I have boundaries, I won’t compromise who I am and my values for fame and success, even if it would probably be easier. I think my lyrics are what sets me apart from others, I use my music not only to exorcise my own demons but, hopefully, to help others who can relate with the stories and the emotions I describe in my music and those words come from my heart and soul without a filter.

Which is scary at times because you are very vulnerable when you expose your inner self so much to the public. But I also think people can recognize when an artist is real and they appreciated it.

I’m also very proud of my husband, David, he’s an amazing producer and engineer and he had the biggest impact in my life and career. Besides my career, which is important, my relationship with him is the most important thing to me and he is my happiness.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My husband David is my biggest supporter and cheerleader for sure. He brings my stories to life, he turns my raw ideas into full songs and makes them sound amazing. When I started out, I was very green and I didn’t know anything about the music production process and the music industry. He used to be signed with a major label and he’s been teaching me so much, about songwriting and how to navigate the, often shady and deceptive, music industry. My mother is also my biggest supporter, she helps me with everything, my career and life. Especially since I decided to switch from acting to singing, she’s been very supportive of me.

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Anabel DFlux Jpeg 01 Omar Guerra Paul Archuleta

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